Arm Inflammation

The loss of a dramatic amount of weight is very exciting and rewarding. You feel much healthier and probably much happier. Whether you have achieved your new and improved diet and exercise by one or more surgical procedures like liposuction or gastric bypass is a different matter.

Fortunately modern technology and plastic surgery has made it possible for you to cut and strengthen your skin to enhance and complement your weight loss joy. The most popular surgeries after serious amount of weight loss are the arm lifts and thigh lifts.

An arm lift, also known as Brachioplasty is a procedure to get rid of extra, lying on the skin of your arm. To perform this procedure, a plastic surgeon will first give you a general anesthetic or a sedative intravenously or general anesthesia. Then he or she will make an incision along the inside of your arm from the armpit to the elbow. The incision can also be made at the rear of the arm. If you feel that you need to get rid of the extra fat from your arms, your surgeon can aspire to liposuction the excess at this point. The plastic surgeon then reshapes the tissue tightens and the permanent sutures. He or she removes excess skin of the arm and extends from the skin remains to sew it back up.

An arm lift can be performed in a facility or outside of a hospital and it usually takes an hour or two to complete. Dressings and stitches will be removed after a few days and you can be back to work or other normal activities (excluding exercise) in a week. The recovery of an arm lift includes swelling and bruising and pain that can be managed with medications. The main negative side effects of an arm lift is the scar on his arm. You just have to decide if you prefer to have stretched his arms with a long scar or flabby arms without scar.

A thigh lift can help you get rid of the loose and dimpled skin on your thighs. There are three different types of leg lifts. These include the lift on the areas of the inner thigh, the thigh bilateral and median thigh. They are all slightly different focus areas and differences in the precise positioning and size of the incision. In general, however, a lift is performed as a thigh incision is made between the thigh and the pubic area. Some excess skin (and fat through liposuction, if desired) is excised and the rest is from the skin to respond to and the incision is sewn together. All lifts are intended to reshape the leg and reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin.

The recovery of a thigh lift is very similar to lift an arm, but with slower recovery. It takes usually two weeks before, you can return to work and three weeks before the swelling really starts to calm down. May you find uncomfortable to sit or lay on his back for some time. When you heal, there will be scars, but usually they are easily hidden by rows of swimsuits or sub-lines.


arm inflammation

Recovery Time After Tennis Elbow Surgery

Many patients who are seeking a face lift might be under the impression that they will need to undergo surgery to make some minor adjustments to the face. While some patients will want a complete face lift to correct wrinkles and sagging skin throughout the face, if your main concern is sagging cheeks, then an endoscopic face lift may be right for you. This procedure is better-suited for younger patients with only mild signs of aging and facial sagging. The endoscopic face lift technique is considered a less invasive option for surgery. However, it does not produce the dramatic results that can be achieved with a traditional lift.

If you are considering an endoscopic face lift, you should know that it is not as invasive as a traditional face lift. However, there is some basic information that you should know before following through with this surgery. An endoscopic procedure involves the use of an endoscope. An endoscope is a newly-introduced surgical tool called that uses a small camera to guide the surgeon inside the body during surgery. This tool can be used for other procedures, especially for surgeries involving the digestive system or the heart because these are places in the body that cannot be explored without disturbing vital body tissues. For an endoscopic lift, the surgeon can place the endoscope underneath the skin to transmit video of the muscles and tissue behind the face.

Since this tool is so small, the surgeon only needs to make small incisions, rather than one large incision along the hairline. Therefore, most patients can expect less pain and recovery time after the surgery. Additionally, there will be less visible scarring because the surgeon typically makes the incision in an inconspicuous place along the hairline, where it can be easily covered up.
An endoscopic face lift produces less bruising and bleeding, allowing you to recover faster, and even return to normal activities within the same day. This also allows for faster results because the face is not marred by bruises, cuts and swelling. Additionally, an endoscopic surgery is more delicate, which means there is less of an opportunity for the surgeon to damage any nerves.

Finally, there is the added benefit of a lower cost because this type of procedure only requires a local anesthesia, and you will not need to stay in the hospital at any point of recovery. Instead, it is an outpatient procedure that many people can have performed in about an hour.

If you would like to get rid of minor facial sagging, do not get caught up in the ideal that you will need a complete lift. Instead, talk to your plastic surgeon about an endoscopic face lift. This is a much less invasive procedure that allows you to return to normal activities almost immediately. Although the results are not as dramatic, this technique is perfect for younger patients with only minor signs of aging.


recovery time after tennis elbow surgery

Medial Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow, and medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfers elbow, are conditions which describe pain and inflammation of the tendons and muscles at the elbow joint. If the irritation is at the lateral epicondyle or outside of the elbow it is referred to as tennis elbow and if it is at the inside or medial epicondyle it is referred to as golfers elbow. Both of these conditions are named as such due to these sports inclinations to specifically overuse these muscles and attachments. However, any repetitive movements of the wrist, forearm, and elbow or continued gripping of tools or equipment can cause these conditions including gardening, painting, knitting, cooking, and more.Tennis elbow and golfers elbow can cause pain, stiffness, and the temporary inability to properly flex or extend the elbow or grip an object. Rarely will epicondylitis heal on its own. At best, ice and medication may keep it at bay but usually further treatment is required to address not only the symptoms but the underlying cause of the pain and dysfunction.Chiropractic is a natural, holistic practice that has helped many patients rehabilitate from tennis and golfers elbow. A chiropractor providing a physical examination to assess these conditions will check for loss of range of motion (flexion and extension), joint and tendon tenderness, and weakness. Once the level of epicondylitis is determined, the chiropractor can plan a course of rehabilitation which may include adjustments to the spine and extremities, heat and ice therapy, low-level laser therapy, electrotherapy, acupuncture, massage, temporary bracing, and home strengthening exercise therapy. Chiropractic care for tennis and golfers elbow has helped many people avoid surgery and the reduse the use of pain medications which only mask symptoms and do not treat the cause of the pain. Surgery is invasive and involves the risks associated with anesthesia, infection, and scar tissue development, which can lead to more pain and dysfunction. Chiropractic is a safe and cost-effective alternative which treats the underlying cause of the pain and provides for a complete rehabilitation.Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) who are trained extensively in the biomechanics of the body as whole and how to correct imbalances and injuries naturally using manipulative therapies. Adjustments are medical practices and should never be attempted by anyone other than a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. A visit to your local chiropractor could help you safely and effectively manage your tennis elbow or golf elbow pain and dysfunction once and for all.


medial epicondylitis

Scar Tissue In Elbow

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a torn Shoulder muscle?
    I was recently bit by a large dog on the wrist and in pulling away tore a muscle in my shoulder. I was initially told I had nerve damage but now after 2 months off work ( I am a carpenter) I have had the pain return with avengence after returning to work for one day. Now I have been told I have tore a muscle in my shoulder. My symptoms are extreme pain shoulder to elbow and a popping in my shoulder when I raise my arm. Will the scar tissue have taken up alot of space in my arm due to the extended rest.How due I begin to properly heal?

    • ANSWER:
      It may take a couple weeks maybe a month to total heal.
      The amount of swelling or local bleeding into the muscle (from torn blood vessels) can best be managed early by applying ice packs and maintaining the strained muscle in a stretched position. Heat can be applied when the swelling has lessened. However, the early application of heat can increase swelling and pain.

      Note: Ice or heat should not be applied to bare skin. Always use a protective covering such as a towel between the ice or heat and the skin.
      Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce pain and improve your ability to move around. Do not take NSAIDS if you have kidney disease, a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, or are also taking a blood thinner -- such as Coumadin -- without first talking with your doctor. In that case, it is safer to take acetaminophen, which helps lessen pain but does not reduce inflammation.
      Protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as the PRICE formula) can help the affected muscle. Here's how: First, remove all constrictive clothing, including jewelry, in the area of muscle strain. Then:
      Protect the strained muscle from further injury.
      Rest the strained muscle. Avoid the activities that caused the strain and other activities that are painful.
      Ice the muscle area (20 minutes every hour while awake). Ice is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever. Small ice packs, such as packages of frozen vegetables or water frozen in foam coffee cups, applied to the area may help decrease inflammation.
      Compression can be a gently applied with an Ace or other elastic bandage, which can provide both support and decrease swelling. Do not wrap tightly.
      Elevate the injured area to decrease swelling. Prop up a strained leg muscle while sitting, for example.
      Activities that increase muscle pain or work the affected body part are not recommended until the pain has significantly improved.

      If the popping continues or the pain increases see your doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have nerve damage from cutting too deep?
    About a month ago I tryed killing myself. I cut my wrist really deep from my wrist to my elbow & I needed stitches but my parents didn't bring me because they didn't want me to go in a mental institute. It hurts still and it just finished healing. If I stretch my wrist it feels like the scar tissue is ripping. My mom thinks its nerve damage. Is this possible?
    And I can't go to the docter, I have a lot of scars on my wrist. They would know.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is very possible. Go to the doctor. If you don't wanna tell them how to get that cut tell them you caught yourself on a tree branch while falling out of a tree. You should get that checked out.


scar tissue in elbow

Scar Tissue Pain In Elbow

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a torn Shoulder muscle?
    I was recently bit by a large dog on the wrist and in pulling away tore a muscle in my shoulder. I was initially told I had nerve damage but now after 2 months off work ( I am a carpenter) I have had the pain return with avengence after returning to work for one day. Now I have been told I have tore a muscle in my shoulder. My symptoms are extreme pain shoulder to elbow and a popping in my shoulder when I raise my arm. Will the scar tissue have taken up alot of space in my arm due to the extended rest.How due I begin to properly heal?

    • ANSWER:
      It may take a couple weeks maybe a month to total heal.
      The amount of swelling or local bleeding into the muscle (from torn blood vessels) can best be managed early by applying ice packs and maintaining the strained muscle in a stretched position. Heat can be applied when the swelling has lessened. However, the early application of heat can increase swelling and pain.

      Note: Ice or heat should not be applied to bare skin. Always use a protective covering such as a towel between the ice or heat and the skin.
      Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce pain and improve your ability to move around. Do not take NSAIDS if you have kidney disease, a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, or are also taking a blood thinner -- such as Coumadin -- without first talking with your doctor. In that case, it is safer to take acetaminophen, which helps lessen pain but does not reduce inflammation.
      Protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as the PRICE formula) can help the affected muscle. Here's how: First, remove all constrictive clothing, including jewelry, in the area of muscle strain. Then:
      Protect the strained muscle from further injury.
      Rest the strained muscle. Avoid the activities that caused the strain and other activities that are painful.
      Ice the muscle area (20 minutes every hour while awake). Ice is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever. Small ice packs, such as packages of frozen vegetables or water frozen in foam coffee cups, applied to the area may help decrease inflammation.
      Compression can be a gently applied with an Ace or other elastic bandage, which can provide both support and decrease swelling. Do not wrap tightly.
      Elevate the injured area to decrease swelling. Prop up a strained leg muscle while sitting, for example.
      Activities that increase muscle pain or work the affected body part are not recommended until the pain has significantly improved.

      If the popping continues or the pain increases see your doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    What does tennis elbow or tendonitis feel like?
    I work in a headlight factory and since returning to work 4 weeks ago from a 3 month maternity leave, my right arm, I"m right handed, has really been hurting. It started out being my shoulder but now is about half way down my arm, around the elbow but not my elbow. What can I do to get some relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be tendonitis or another possibility of what you are describing could be satellite triggerpoints starting from infraspinatus but either way, a massage therapist is the ideal person to consult on this.
      Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) can be several degrees of severity.
      Grade 1 pain after activity only.
      Grade 2 pain at beginning of activity, disappearing during and returning after activity.
      Grade 3 pain at beginning, during and after.
      Grade 4 pain with all activities of daily living which continues to get worse.
      Pain, numbness, weakness are the three main subjective experiences and in chronic states, thickening of the tendon occurs as chronic inflammation and fibrosing (scar tissue deposition) of the tendon accumulate.
      Its funny (not really) that this has occurred after you returned from mat-leave because tennis elbow is very common during pregnancy.
      For your own self-care:
      If the area of pain is hot, use cold applications 10 minutes on/10 minutes off for an hour and then take a break before cycling again an hour later.
      If it is not hot, use contrast applications (cold for 2 mins/hot for 5/cold/hot/cold-always end with cold) or straight heat followed by gentle range of motion and stretching.
      As I said though, see a massage therapist for best resolution of your problem. Be well!


scar tissue pain in elbow

Breaking Scar Tissue In Elbow

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is scar tissue and what can you do to treat it?
    I fractured my elbow 3 months ago and still can't extend it unasisted
    With encouragement from my therapist it is more than willing...
    It also locks out a lot my ocupation therapist thinks this may be due to scar tissue inside the joint...
    How can I know for sure [already had an mri and only showed exces fluid in joint] and what can I do about it?
    Please help, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty of stretching and gradual resistance exercises will strengthen back up the muscles and ligaments with scar tissue. This should break away scar tissue with time. Also go see a physio and they'll give you exercises to do. A massage therapist will also stimulate the damaged area and help it to heal faster.

      Good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Can a broken elbow still hurt years after it is healed?
    Like, when lifting heavy objects, sometimes my elbow still hurts, and I broke it 3 years ago. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, scar tissue can cause that. Physical therapy might be able to help though.


breaking scar tissue in elbow

Scar Tissue In My Elbow

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is scar tissue and what can you do to treat it?
    I fractured my elbow 3 months ago and still can't extend it unasisted
    With encouragement from my therapist it is more than willing...
    It also locks out a lot my ocupation therapist thinks this may be due to scar tissue inside the joint...
    How can I know for sure [already had an mri and only showed exces fluid in joint] and what can I do about it?
    Please help, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty of stretching and gradual resistance exercises will strengthen back up the muscles and ligaments with scar tissue. This should break away scar tissue with time. Also go see a physio and they'll give you exercises to do. A massage therapist will also stimulate the damaged area and help it to heal faster.

      Good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    What are these single smooth red bumps on each of my exterior elbows?
    I just saw a doc for this and she seems to think it is "scar tissue"?Never heard of scar tissue forming a raised, reddened, smooth bump at the tip of an elbow. It looks similar to a small cyst. Another is starting on my other elbow. Doc also told me it can be excised without much to it, possibly have a stitch or 2. Does that sound like treatment for "scar tissue"? Anybody else have something like this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be plaque psoriasis. It causes red, raised, scaly areas on the knees, elbows, trunk, or scalp. They often develop on both sides of the body at the same time, in similar locations.


scar tissue in my elbow

Pain Inside Elbow Scar Tissue

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried ASTYM therapy for SI joint pain?
    My hubby has SI joint pain for some time now and is currently trying prolo therapy. I was curious if anyone has tried ASTYM to for SI joint problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Whether ASTYM would help depends on what is causing the SI joint pain. ASTYM is a physical therapy treatment that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

      ASTYM’s ability to remove unwanted scar tissue inside the body (that occurs due to injury, joint disease, improper movement patterns, etc.) can resolve many conditions that cause pain and limit movement. In addition to eliminating the scar tissue which may be causing pain and limiting function, ASTYM treatment can also regenerate soft tissues that may have been damaged through trauma, surgery, and common degenerative musculoskeletal conditions that many generally healthy people develop as part of aging or overuse (such as the heel pain of plantar fasciitis, chronic tendonitis, tennis elbow, etc.).

      Over time, low level inflammation or irritation can lead to an accumulation of scar tissue adhesions in an area which can cause pain and limit function. This buildup of scar tissue could be part of your husband’s SI dysfunction. However, you should have a full exam/workup done through your doctor and fully discuss the underlying condition and all treatment options to decide on what is best for you. The goal of prolotherapy is to generate scar tissue in and around the joint in an attempt to stabilize it, and in the case of an SI joint, probably immobilize it. If the joint does not move, the pain may be reduced or eliminated. This is pretty much the opposite approach to ASTYM. ASTYM’s goal is to eliminate scar tissue to allow the joint to move freely and function normally, without the restriction, or irritation/pain from the scar tissue.

      ASTYM treatment is non-invasive, which means there are no injections or incisions. Instruments are applied topically (on top of the skin) to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) soft tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures. ASTYM treatment stimulates scar tissue resorption, tissue turnover, and the regeneration of muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue structures. Therapy is usually provided twice weekly for four to five weeks (about 9 total treatment sessions) and is done in conjunction with stretching, and functional exercises. To see what a treatment is like, click here: http://astym.com/video/

      In order to receive proper treatment, you must make sure you go to a therapist who has received the correct training and is officially certified in ASTYM treatment. For a directory of providers, click here: http://astym.com/provider.aspx

      ASTYM treatment was scientifically developed by a research team that combined talent from major universities and hospitals. It is supported by peer-reviewed, clinical and scientific research. If you would like more information on ASTYM treatment, visit the website at www.astym.com

  2. QUESTION:
    Where would it hurt to get a tatto?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that these are some things that make a tattoo painful: Places over bone, over fleshy/fatty areas, genital, mucus membrane, over hair follicles(and because the hair grows through the tattoo when it heals), places with lots of nerve endings, thin skin, sensitive...etc

      Places that you see veins very well, or with a lot of fat, or very thin skin will be painful.

      One of the best ways to decide a good location for a tattoo(unlike the pain) is the career factor. Keep in mind that businesses and employers can and most likely will refuse you a job if they do no like tattoos. Especially if it is your first, think long and hard about the placement. (glad you have a design in mind! That's always a good start) Choosing a location that you can show, but just as easily hide is the most responsible choice. A not very painful, but easy to hide place is the shoulderblade.That is just an example. Think of places that you can make them as public or private as you want to, keep your career/future career in mind, and choose what YOU want, and you'll be fine.

      The pain and discomfort that occurs during a tattoo varies from person to person and area to area. The sensitivity is relative to several factors, including the nerve structure in that area of the body (most painful places generally are the inside of the upper arm, the second knuckle, the center of the upper back, the outer sides of the lower back and kidney area, the ribs and obliques, and the clavicle area) and the amount of fatty or muscle tissue in that area. Some people find bony areas more painful, but it really depends on the sensitivity of the skin in that area.

      Sometimes the pain is directly caused by the artist. Some artists are very heavy-handed, which causes a great deal of undue and unnecessary pain and discomfort, not to mention damage and trauma to the skin that can result in scarring and color that is too deep and will spread under the skin and look blurry in a few months or years.

      If you plan to get another tattoo, I recommend looking for an artist who is light-handed. The way to find out about an artist's technique is to watch him or her tattoo on someone else and also look at their portfolio and check out their healed work to see if it is deep or blurry. As far as less sensitive places on the body, everyone is different, but generally speaking, the less sensitive the skin is, the less a tattoo should hurt. The ankle should not be particularly painful if you get away from the bone. Further up the leg on the calf is not bad, the thigh, the back of the shoulder, the upper arms on the outside, the wrist, the forearm away from the bend in the elbow, mainly places where you would not be ticklish. A tattoo should feel like scratching a sunburn or getting a cat scratch in the more sensitive areas. It should never feel like someone is cutting or rending your flesh.


pain inside elbow scar tissue

Elbow Scar Tissue Growth

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you get scars to go away fast?
    I'm accident prone and I have a ton of scars on my knees and elbows. How do I get them to go away?
    They are all relatively old scars

    • ANSWER:
      I quote...
      "Remove scars as they form by applying vitamin E oil directly onto healing tissue two or three times daily. Vitamin E helps the skin to regenerate, while the gentle massage used to apply the oil will help new tissue to grow normally without forming such a noticeable scar.

      Massage scars with a bit of baking soda and water to exfoliate the top layers of the skin, removing scar tissue. Baking soda is a common ingredient an over-the-counter and professional microdermabrasion treatments. Massage the scar with baking soda for at least one minute, twice daily. Rinse with warm water and then apply light layer of olive oil to help rejuvenate the tissue.

      Purchase over-the-counter microdermabrasion treatments or get profession treatments at spa to help remove scars. While most people will need multiple treatments, microdermabrasion will remove outer layers of the skin to reduce scar tissues. After peeling, special creams and liquids are applied to help increase collagen and elastic and promote the healthy growth of tissue. For lighter scars, at home treatments may be sufficient; however, larger scars will need deep chemical peels which can only be performed by trained professionals.

      Spend the money and get rid of scars the sure way with laser scar removal. Laser scar removal is not cheap, but it is the most effective method for permanent removal. Because the specific treatment will vary greatly depending on the size and location of the scar, it is best to speak to a doctor about options and cost."

      Try google ;)

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I get my strech marks to somewhat fade ?
    I have strech marks on my boobs, behind my elbow, my upper arm, around my belly button, and somewhere between my lower back and hips. It discusting and I can't wear anything. I have tried coco butter but it doesn't work. I'm only 14. How can I get then to some what fade ? But I know they won't go away ! Helpppp :[

    • ANSWER:
      There are creams out there that can help get rid of your stretch marks, but you need to find the right one.

      I found this on the site I put in the source box below:

      Things to look for in a stretch mark cream

      There are a lot of creams and ointments out there that claim to remove stretch marks. The best way to fight stretch marks is to increase your skins flexibility before your stretch marks start appearing by using a topical cream on the area before the skin starts to show stretch marks. If you already have stretch marks, hope is not lost. There are creams out there that contain ingredients that help heal the skin while minimizing scar tissue.

      Some of the key ingredients that you will want to make sure your cream contains are:

      Vitamin A Palmitate

      Vitamin A is an essential vitamin and is best known for having positive effects on vision. However Vitamin A is just as important to the largest organ; the skin.

      Clinical studies have shown vitamin A to have properties that block the absorption of harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as a stimulating effect on cell regeneration. It has been clinically shown to improve the appearance of striae (stretch marks) and regulate epidermal (skin) cell growth.

      Aloe Vera Extract

      Aloe vera has been shown in clinical studies to have a positive effect on wound healing and holds anti-inflammatory properties.

      As stretch marks start out as microscopic tears in skin layers due to overstretching of the dermis, aloe vera helps heal these small wounds without causing scar tissue to form, effectively preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Indians and Chinese to decrease the appearance of scars and to moisturize and heal skin.

      This extract from the aloe leaf protects skin from environmental factors and promotes skin regeneration.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract

      Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic used for many different types of skin ailments. It is a powerful ingredient to aid in the healing of skin damage. Grapefruit seed extract helps to restore damaged collagen and elastin, which strengthens and retextures the skin.

      As collagen and elastin are responsible for the skins elasticity, improving and stimulating production of the connective tissue cells will prevent skin from tearing and thus prevent the formation of stretch marks. The condition of the skins connective tissue also dictates how well the skin contracts after pregnancy. So not only does this compound improve the condition of your stretching skin, after the delivery it will also aid in the contraction of your skin to its previous appearance.

      DL-Penthenol

      DL-Penthenol is the scientific name for pro-vitamin B5. It has healing properties on damaged skin as it works to improve the structure of both the lower and upper skin layers. DL-Panthenol soothes skin while stimulating cell growth and differentiation.

      This ingredient aids in the regeneration of the skin, therefore aiding in reducing the appearance of existing stretch marks by replacing the scar tissue with new skin cells. It also acts to prevent stretch marks by promoting collagen and elastin production, which allows your skin to stretch without rupturing and causing stretch marks.

      A cream that has shown to be highly effective at preventing stretch marks as well as healing stretch marks that you already have is called Stretch Mark Prevention by Revitol.

      Whether you are afraid that stretch marks may be in your future of if they are already a part of your life, a good Stretch Mark Prevention cream is what you will want on your side!


elbow scar tissue growth

Scar Tissue In Tennis Elbow

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does tennis elbow or tendonitis feel like?
    I work in a headlight factory and since returning to work 4 weeks ago from a 3 month maternity leave, my right arm, I"m right handed, has really been hurting. It started out being my shoulder but now is about half way down my arm, around the elbow but not my elbow. What can I do to get some relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be tendonitis or another possibility of what you are describing could be satellite triggerpoints starting from infraspinatus but either way, a massage therapist is the ideal person to consult on this.
      Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) can be several degrees of severity.
      Grade 1 pain after activity only.
      Grade 2 pain at beginning of activity, disappearing during and returning after activity.
      Grade 3 pain at beginning, during and after.
      Grade 4 pain with all activities of daily living which continues to get worse.
      Pain, numbness, weakness are the three main subjective experiences and in chronic states, thickening of the tendon occurs as chronic inflammation and fibrosing (scar tissue deposition) of the tendon accumulate.
      Its funny (not really) that this has occurred after you returned from mat-leave because tennis elbow is very common during pregnancy.
      For your own self-care:
      If the area of pain is hot, use cold applications 10 minutes on/10 minutes off for an hour and then take a break before cycling again an hour later.
      If it is not hot, use contrast applications (cold for 2 mins/hot for 5/cold/hot/cold-always end with cold) or straight heat followed by gentle range of motion and stretching.
      As I said though, see a massage therapist for best resolution of your problem. Be well!

  2. QUESTION:
    As a tennis player recovering from tendinitis, what sort of vitamin supplements should I be taking?
    Last fall, I played a little too much tennis and developed tendinitis in my right wrist and began to see a slight hint of tennis elbow, but fortunatley stopped and immobilized my arm before anything permanent could set in. Now that spring is coming, I'm going to start playing tennis a lot and I'm wondering what sort of vitamins and/or excersizes and/or anything I can do to keep my arms and joint strong and healthy. I currently take a normal multivitamin, a omega-3 complex and a glucosamine/chondroitin complex. Is there anything else I can be taking to strengthen tendins/muscles/connective tissue/bones? Also, what sort of excersizes, workouts or warm ups can you reccomend for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Nutrition

      A diet emphasizing raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds is rich in the vitamins and nutrients that promote healing. Yellow vegetables and fruits such as carrots and cantaloupe are good sources of vitamin A, which is needed for collagen synthesis. Citrus fruits and dark blue fruits such as blueberries provide vitamin C and bioflavonoids to speed healing. Include a generous portion of wheat germ in your morning muesli. As the best food source of vitamin E, it destroys the harmful free radicals released during an inflammation. Add pumpkin seeds for zinc, which acts synergistically with vitamin E. The spices turmeric and cumin are known for their anti-inflammatory action. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which helps reduce pain and swelling.

      Using unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil daily on salads or baked potatoes, mixed into rice, pasta or vegetable dishes after cooking, or incorporated into any dishes which do not require heating to high temperatures will help reduce the pain of tendinitis. Unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil contains the essential fatty acids omega-3 alpha-linolenic and omega-6 linoleic acid which the body converts into anti-inflammatory hormone-like substances called prostaglandins.

      Nutritional Supplements

      Nutritional supplements are used to reduce inflammation and encourage healing. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is important for repairing connective tissue and collagen after an injury; it also reduces inflammation. Evening primrose oil supplies gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a building block for the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. If the inflammation is acute and painful, the enzyme bromelain taken between meals acts as a strong anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling and pain after an injury. Vitamins E and A help to repair connective tissue and cells. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants; they stop injury-induced free-radical damage to cells. Vitamin E further prevents internal *scarring.

      Glucosamine supplements, combined with proper diet and vitamins, can rebuild damaged cartilage without producing side-effects. As an anti-inflammatory agent and painkiller, it is effective for long-term treatment of chronic illnesses. Most patients experience relief after taking glucosamine for six weeks.

      A healthy diet can provide all of the nutrients needed for healing, plus supplements.

      The eccentric program consists of:

      Holding a static stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and repeating three to five times (in my case the infraspinatus).

      Perform the eccentric exercise slowly on days one and two, moderately on days three to five, and fast on days six and seven. Then increase the resistance (never more than five pounds for the cuff muscles). Three sets of repetition.

      Stretch statically as in #1.

      Ice for five to 10 minutes to decrease swelling and pain.


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